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    A Sheet of Paper

    The only way I know to describe one "item" from a block of (stationary) paper is "a (blank) sheet of paper". Being a teacher, I often need this word and I say as I was taught "I need a sheet of paper" "Could you give me a sheet of paper?" "Here's a sheet of paper" etc. But I wonder if there is a shorter way to name this object. If I say just "a sheet", people might misunderstand and confuse the word as "shit") (I know this is not a problem for native speakers))) If I say just "a paper", it won't be grammatically correct, or is it OK? Which "short" word do you use for "a blank sheet of paper"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: A Sheet of Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    The only way I know to describe one "item" from a block of (stationary) paper is "a (blank) sheet of paper". Being a teacher, I often need this word and I say as I was taught "I need a sheet of paper" "Could you give me a sheet of paper?" "Here's a sheet of paper" etc. But I wonder if there is a shorter way to name this object. If I say just "a sheet", people might misunderstand and confuse the word as "shit") (I know this is not a problem for native speakers))) If I say just "a paper", it won't be grammatically correct, or is it OK? Which "short" word do you use for "a blank sheet of paper"?
    I use "sheet of paper".

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    #3

    Re: A Sheet of Paper

    The correct solution to this problem is to pronounce 'sheet' correctly. How are you going to say, "The maid gave me the sheets"?

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    Re: A Sheet of Paper

    You could ask for 'a piece of paper' (unless you're worried they might confuse that with 'piss').

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    Re: A Sheet of Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You could ask for 'a piece of paper' (unless you're worried they might confuse that with 'piss').
    )))) A "piece" of paper sounds "smaller" than a "sheet" of paper, doesn't it? (I need the A4 format (typically used for printers))
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #6

    Re: A Sheet of Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    ))))
    '))))' confuses me. I donít know what that stands for.


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    Re: A Sheet of Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    '))))' confuses me. I don’t know what that stands for.

    It doesn't stand for anything. I assume englishhobby was trying to put a big smile (in response to the "p*ss" remark) by putting four smiles. It's not a recognised emoticon or smiley.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: A Sheet of Paper

    "A piece of paper" might sound smaller than "a sheet of paper", but it's not. In BrE at least, if someone says "Please pass me a piece of paper" I would immediately look for a normal A4 sheet of paper to give them. If that wasn't available, I might just look for any size piece of paper for them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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